Here is the wisdom for this week.
7:1 After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum.
7:2 A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death.
7:3 When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave.
7:4 When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy of having you do this for him,
7:5 for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.”
7:6 And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof;
7:7 therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed.
7:8 For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.”
7:9 When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”
7:10 When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.
Poverty has a very human face—one that is very different from “simplicity.” Poverty is involuntary and debilitating, whereas simplicity is voluntary and enabling. Poverty is mean and degrading to the human spirit, whereas a life of conscious simplicity can have both a beauty and a functional integrity that elevates the human spirit.
Source: Voluntary Simplicity
“A relational faith, by its very definition, is inherently social. As the epistle of John so powerfully says, “if we say we love God, but do not love our brother, then we are deceiving ourselves.” We simply cannot say we love God if we do not love those around us.”
I have come to see having a relationship with God as having a relationship with myself and with others, since I am one with God, and one with others, and God is one with us. I think mainstream christianity tends to have the idea of having a relationship with God as something that is exclusive, or private, according to the article. As a result, people who subscribe to this mindset may have the mistaken idea that only christians have an exclusive relationship with God and others don’t have a relationship with God if they are atheists or buddhists or muslims, etc. That may explain why some christians can be mean towards others since they see others as separate from themselves. Hence, I think it is important for people to see God in every person.Like what 1 John says, to love our brother (or sister) is to love God.
– Derek Flood
Why is the world so messed up?
I asked God,
So much anger, violence, poverty,
And everywhere I look
I see fear and doubt and loneliness.
Where, in all this sadness,
Is your light –
Take your boots off,
Poem taken from Soul Whispers by Edwina Gateley.